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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of eight completed this week's survey under hot and mostly sunny conditions. The caterpillars of sphinx moths are generally called hornworms because many of them have a long, pointed projection on their rear end. Some, however, have just a small nub or even none at all. See the Banded Sphinx caterpillar shown below.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Schistocerca nitens (gray bird grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Periplaneta americana (American cockroach)
photo by Val Bugh


Everes comyntas (eastern tailed blue)
photo by Val Bugh


Lerodea eufala (eufala skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Alberada parabates (cactus borer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Semaeopus ella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Caripeta triangulata (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Oenobotys texanalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Eumorpha fasciatus (banded sphinx larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Enallagma civile (familiar bluet)
photo by Val Bugh


Pintalia delicata (cixiid planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Hesperolabops gelastops (cactus plant bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Arilus cristatus (wheel bug eating leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Naupactus sp. (white-fringed weevil)
photo by Val Bugh


Micromus sp. (brown lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


Stenonema femoratum (flat-headed mayfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (diapriid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus cardinalis (cardinal jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus arizonensis (Arizona jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Cnemidophorus gularis gularis (Texas spotted whiptail)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Texas Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta lindeimeri)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
        Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail (adult & larva)
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Everes comyntas  Eastern Tailed Blue
      hesperiidae  Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
      noctuidae  Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
        Eublemma recta  Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Acontia cretata  Chalky Bird Dropping Moth
        Micrathetis triplex  Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Lacinipolia erecta  Moth
        Condica videns  White-dotted Groundling
        Phosphila miselioides  Spotted Phosphila
        Schinia arcigera  Flower Moth
        Schinia chrysellus  Broomweed Flower Moth
        Schinia alencis  Flower Moth
        Schinia rivulosa  Ragweed Flower Moth
      erebidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Anticarsia gemmatalis  Velvetbean Caterpillar Moth
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
      sphingidae  Eumorpha fasciatus  Banded Sphinx (larva)
      geometridae  Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Rindgea nigricomma  Moth
        Pleuroprucha insulsaria  Common Tan Wave
        Caripeta triangulata  Moth
        Semaeopus ella  Moth
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
      crambidae  Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Aethiophysa lentiflualis  Moth
        Hymenia perspectalis  Spotted Beet Webworm Moth
        Oenobotys texanalis  Moth
        Conchylodes ovulalis  Zebra Conchylodes
        Herpetogramma bipunctalis  Two-spotted Herpetogramma
        Fissicrambus sp.  Grass-veneer Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Parapediasia teterrella  Bluegrass Webworm Moth
      pyralidae  Peoria bipartitella  Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Alberada parabates  Cactus Borer Moth
      tortricidae  Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Eucosma consobrinana  Leafroller Moth
        Epiblema strenuana  Ragweed Borer Moth
        Crocidosema plebejana  Cotton Tipworm Moth
        Grapholita packardi  Cherry Fruitworm Moth
        Platynota flavedana  Black-shaded Platynota Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
        Antaeotricha humilis  Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis glandulella  Acorn Moth
        Coleophora sp.  Moth
      pterophoridae  Pselnophorus belfragei  Plume Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis concinusella  Moth
        Stegasta bosqueella  Red-necked Peanutworm Moth
        Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Neodactylota liguritrix  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris fuscicomella  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus sp.  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Lysathia ludoviciana  Flea Beetle
        Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Anomoea rufifrons  Leaf Beetle
        Lema trabeata  Leaf Beetle
        Oulema variabilis  Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
      buprestidae  Agrilus addendus  Metallic Woodborer
        Agrilus obtusus  Metallic Woodborer
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      elateridae  Diplostethus texanus  Click Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil
        Naupactus sp.  White-fringed Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Mozena lunata  Mesquite Bug (adult & nymph)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Dichrooscytus sp.  Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug
      pentatomidae  Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug
        Oebalus pugnax  Rice Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Texananus sp.  Leafhopper
        Exitianus exitiosus  Leafhopper
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
      cixiidae  Pintalia delicata  Planthopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Hoplitis sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
        Pachodynerus nasidens  Keyhole Wasp
        Eumenes fraternus  Potter Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      diapriidae  Unknown sp.  Wasp
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      ulidiidae  Delphinia picta  Picture-winged Fly
      platystomatidae  Senopterina caerulescens  Signal Fly
      syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Trichopoda lanipes  Feather-legged Fly
        Juriniopsis sp.  Tachinid Fly

    odonata  libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags
        Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk
        Sympetrum vicinum  Autumn Meadowhawk
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia plana  Springwater Dancer
        Ischnura posita  Fragile Forktail
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus femurrubrum  Red-legged Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis
      thespidae  Oligonicella scudderi  Scudder's Mantis

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    blattodea  blattidae  Periplaneta americana  American Cockroach

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing
      hemerobiidae  Micromus sp.  Brown Lacewing

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly

    ephemeroptera  heptageniidae  Stenonema femoratum  Flat-headed Mayfly

    araneae  salticidae  Thiodina sylvana  Jumping Spider
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
        Phidippus cardinalis  Cardinal Jumper
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
      araneidae  Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider

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